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Why Pick a Thin Skin?

Wildwood Guitars has partnered with Fender to bring you the coolest guitars on the planet for over thirty years. Over the course of our long and storied history, one of our greatest collaborative accomplishments is the American Vintage Thin Skin series. They are such otherworldly guitars we cannot help but bow down to the wizard-like skill of Fender’s skilled craftsman.

What makes them so special? Well, the magic starts with a lightweight, resonant piece of ash or alder that sings with a loud clear voice. Then, our friends at Fender apply a thin fifties-style nitrocellulose finish to the wood. This "Thin Skin" allows the guitar to breathe and resonate just like our favorite vintage Fenders. With this classic sonic foundation established, Fender hot-rods our Thin Skins with several appointments that enhance playability like a modern 9.5" radius and narrow-tall 6105 frets, which ensure a luxurious playing experience. Finally, Fender puts the cherry on top by dropping in Custom Shop pickups that provide classic tone with modern clarity.

Thin Skins have been a staple for many years at Wildwood. Nevertheless, we still get excited every time we plug one in. We can't thank our friends at Fender enough for building such delightful guitars for us, and we know they will inspire you to reach new heights in your playing.

Divine 1969 Thinlines

The 1969 Telecaster Thinline is a profoundly inspiring entry into our Thin Skin series because of its supercharged savage tone and its fascinating history. Back in 1968, renowned German luthier Roger Rossmeisl (the man responsible for many of Rickenbacker's most iconic designs) showed up in Fullerton, California and told Leo Fender that he was ready to get started working for Fender. Impressed by Roger's moxie, Leo hired him on the spot and told him to work on revitalizing the Telecaster.

Just Hollow it Out

You see, Fender had a bit of a wood problem in the late sixties: they had oodles and oodles of ash, but it was all quite heavy. To solve this problem, Roger Rossmeisl began hollowing out Telecasters. He routed out the sides of a Tele body from the back, then glued a thin piece of wood onto the back. To the delight of everyone's back muscles, it worked like a charm. It didn't hurt that the Tele Thinline sported Mr. Rossmeisl's signature elegant aesthetic appointments, either. Most importantly, it spoke with a fresh and exciting new voice that set the music world on fire when it launched.

Style and Substance

Our Thin Skin 1969 Tele Thinlines are a tribute to this pioneering design, and we believe they please the ears, eyes, and back muscles as much as the originals. They sport a 4-ply elongated tortoiseshell pickguard along with an ashtray bridge, chrome hardware, and a single F-hole. Against the black nitrocellulose lacquer finish, these appointments create a simple yet refined look.

Join the Light Side

They're also some of the lightest Teles we've ever seen. Hollowing out the sides shaves off a pound or two depending on the cut of wood, which pays major dividends to player comfort. If you've ever had your shoulders, neck, or back scream at you after a long gig or jam session, you know how big of a difference a couple pounds can make.

Sweet Semi-Hollow Sounds

Though they may be lightweight, the 1969 Telecaster Thinlines are sonic powerhouses. They present an entirely different flavor of Fender tone thanks to their semi-hollow construction. Their high-end is airier and more open, the midrange has a woody, acoustic-like quality, and they sustain for longer. They're also a bit more touch-sensitive, which makes for a remarkably dynamic playing experience.

Of course, they still have plenty of classic Tele characteristics. The Custom Shop Twisted Tele bridge pickup has plenty of twang, sparkle, shimmer, bite, and jangle. The neck pickup sounds warm and smooth like a Tele pickup should, but the semi-hollow body seems to make it livelier and more open than normal. All in all, they sound utterly glorious.

Hold the 'Line

We're proud to showcase the American Vintage Thin Skin 1969 Thinline Telecaster, a guitar that delivers incredible comfort, elegant styling, and supreme tone. We invite you to take one for a spin and discover the magic of a semi-hollow Fender. Once you do, we're sure it will send you on countless exciting fretboard adventures.


Brand Fender
ModelAmerican Vintage Thin Skin '69 Telecaster Thinline
Finish ColorBlack
Finish TypeThin Skin Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Weight6.45 lbs.
Body WoodAsh
Neck WoodMaple
Neck ShapeD Profile
Neck Dimensions.830 1st - .890 12th
Fingerboard Radius9.5"
Scale Length25.5"
Width at Nut1.650"
Frets21 6105 Narrow-Tall
Pickups2 Custom Shop Twisted Tele Single-Coils
Controls1 Volume, 1 Tone, 3-Way Switch
Bridge3-Saddle American Vintage Strings-Through-Body Tele with Solid Barrel Steel Saddles
TunersFender Vintage-Style F-Stamped
CaseBlack Hardshell Case

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